This comprehensive resource explains with detail and clarity the evolution of presidential elections. Now updated to include comprehensive coverage of the 2008 contest between John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as vote totals for the states that held presidential primaries in 2008, this convenient volume explains the process through which the president is elected including the complexities of the Electoral College system. Readers will find information on who runs for president and how the process works from primaries to inauguration; the contests held for every presidential election from 1789 to 2008; the impact of the primary and caucus systems; popular and electoral votes for all presidents from 1789 to 2008; the role of the Electoral College and related political debates; and a biographical directory of U.S. presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Enhanced with data tables, maps, portraits of candidates, political cartoons, and other illustrations, this unique volume brings to life the history and processes behind presidential elections for a wide range of readers. Priced affordably with limited budgets in mind, this updated edition of Presidential Elections will become an essential part of public, academic, and high school library collections.
Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates
The 2016 presidential primaries are on the horizon and this new edition of Elaine Kamarck’s Primary Politics will be there to help make sense of them. Updated to include the 2012 election, it will once again be the guide to understanding the modern nominating system and some of its arcana, including the robot rule.”
In Primary Politics, political insider Elaine Kamarck explains how the presidential nomination process became the often baffling system we have today. Her focus is the largely untold story of how presidential candidates since the early 1970s have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change. She describes how candidates have sought to manipulate the sequencing of primaries to their advantage and how Iowa and New Hampshire came to dominate the system. She analyzes the rules that are used to translate votes into delegates, paying special attention to the Democrats' twenty-year fight over proportional representation.
"Game changer." We heard it so many times during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. But what actually made a difference in the contest–and what was just hype? In this groundbreaking book, John Sides and Lynn Vavreck tell the dramatic story of the election–with a big difference. Using an unusual "moneyball" approach and drawing on extensive quantitative data, they look beyond the anecdote, folklore, and conventional wisdom that often pass for election analysis to separate what was truly important from what was irrelevant. The Gamble combines this data with the best social science research and colorful on-the-ground reporting, providing the most accurate and precise account of the election yet written–and the only book of its kind.
In a new preface, the authors reflect on the place of The Gamble in the tradition of presidential election studies, its reception to date, and possible paths for future social science research.
Understanding Presidential Elections: The Constitution, Caucuses, Primaries, Electoral College, and More
Updated for the 2016 election. Every four years citizens of the United States cast their vote in the election process of their Chief Executive – the President of the United States. But many students and adults alike do not understand the process by which we elect our president. Are we really casting a vote directly for one of them or for an elector, and what is the difference? And going backwards from November, how did those men and/or women end up on the November ballot in the first place? What is the process of a political party choosing their candidate, through this confusing array of caucuses and primaries that have been held? This little book walks through the constitutional background and basis for this critical office, and then goes through the nomination process of caucuses and primaries, ending with the electoral college process that completes the cycle every four years. (Understanding Presidential Elections includes the booklet, Understanding the Electoral College, so you will not need to purchase that book separately.)
From Face the Nation moderator and Slate columnist John Dickerson come the stories behind the stories of the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history.
The stakes are high. The characters full of striving and ego. Presidential campaigns are a contest for control of power in the most powerful country on earth. The battle of ideas has a clear end, with winners and losers, and along the way there are sharp turning points-primaries, debates, conventions, and scandals that squeeze candidates into emergency action, frantic grasping, and heroic gambles. As Mike Murphy the political strategist put it, "Campaigns are like war without bullets."
Brimming with data and examples from the 2008 and 2012 elections, and laced with previews of 2016, the fourteenth edition of this popular text offers a complete overview of the presidential election process from the earliest straw polls and fundraisers to final voter turnout and exit interviews. The comprehensive coverage includes campaign strategy, the sequence of electoral events, and the issues, all from the perspective of the various actors in the election process: voters, interest groups, political parties, the media, and the candidates themselves.
Revised to give students the most up-to-date understanding of the electoral process, the fourteenth edition of Presidential Elections
provides complete coverage of the 2012 election and presidential selection process changes for 2016;offers a greater focus on 21st Century elections and increasing party polarization;explains the new 2016 campaign finance rules and their implications;explores the increasing demographic diversity of the presidential electorate and its possible 2016 impacts;includes insight on the evolution and impact of new "microtargeting" campaign technologies; andpresents a revised and updated analysis of possible reforms of the presidential election process.
Elections, Conventions, The Presidency, Congress, and Supreme Court Explained: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Our Messy Democracy (The Quick and Dirty Guide to Our Mess Democracy Book 1)
American democracy can be… messy, sometimes. With all the voices and commentaries around us, making sense of the American democratic tradition may seem overwhelming.
This collection of books will help. With these Quick and Dirty Guides, you will be that much closer to sifting through the noise being an informed citizen. They are non-partisan and honest (if a bit cynical); just the kind of balanced information you’re looking for.
This collection includes Volumes 1 – 4 of the The Quick and Dirty Guide to Our Messy Democracy:
TRUMP-PENCE: The Ticket: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the 2016 Election
Donald Trump's vice presidential pick and Indiana Governor Mike Pence is a social conservative with congressional experience but also a history of generating controversy over policies. He went to Washington as an outsider, learning first hand about the “Beltway Culture” that has stained American politics for so many years. He later returned to Indiana and has been governor since 2013. Trump tapped Pence for the GOP ticket in July 2016.
Let guests show off their political pride with these Democratic Party Election Cocktail Napkins. Featuring the donkey mascot of the Democratic Party featured prominently in the center surrounded by red, white, and blue stars and stripes, these 2-ply paper napkins are just the thing for your upcoming election night party or presidential debate viewing party. Serve them along appetizers and beverages to keep protect your tables from the inevitable spills, crumbs, drink rings, and other messes.
We live in interesting times.
The world is in turmoil. There are global financial crises. Radical Islamic terrorism is striking violent blows to countries in every corner of the world. Trade is set unfairly, markets cheat one another, boarders are not safe.
The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, David Cay Johnston, takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to power and prominence.
Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy.
Politicards 2016 Deck
Award-winning caricaturist Peter Green depicts players on both sides of the political spectrum as the little rug rats they are!
Part Tragedy and Hope, part Atlas Shrugged, and part Money Masters, Kennedy's Revenge: The Election of 2016 is the story of third-party candidate, Fitzgerald Cavendish, who discovers that he is the illegitimate son of one of the most famous figures of the 20th Century. While researching the death of his father, Fitzgerald discovers how the United States evolved into a welfare state that is nearly $20 trillion in debt with a healthcare crisis, illegal immigration problem, and a never ending war against terrorism. Armed with this knowledge, Fitzgerald uses his recently discovered celebrity (and America's obsession with it) to catapult himself into the first presidential debate, where he divulges the greatest conspiracy of all. This well researched dark journey through the past is a complete rewrite of the specious history that is still taught in classrooms and transmitted over the airwaves. Rodenbeck's exposition endeavors to answer why Lincoln was really killed; and who truly started World War II and why? Kennedy’s Revenge not only answers these questions, but also many, many more. Written in a fiction, non-fiction format, this offering is a manifesto and a clarion call to the citizens of the United States. The conspiracy uncovered is not about religion, but about control: complete control. The book sheds light on how the whole political process is rigged to create the illusion of choice, when in actuality it offers none. By offering solutions that address the root causes of the debt, healthcare, immigration, and security problems, Cavendish makes enemies in very high places.